PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Singing the National Anthem  doesn’t usually get Battalion Chief John Grillone in trouble, but when a YouTube video surfaced of Grillone singing it in a firehouse, the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner charged that Grillone’s conduct was unbecoming. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning,” said Grillone, as he left a disciplinary hearing with his attorney and union representative. Grillone, a 38-year veteran, is seen singing, eating cookies and talking to co-workers in the video. There was some foul language used as well, but Grillone’s attorney, Alice Ballard, maintains the men were just simply having good clean fun. LINK

Well, it would obviously be career suicide to post much about this story beyond saying that I know everyone involved. Chief Grillone used to be a neighbor and is a veteran officer with many years of honorable service. His lawyer actually represented me when I first got on the job. I had a fight with the city about their hiring practices with respect to my veteran’s status. Suffice to say, I won and they lost. She’s a heavyweight and it shows the Chief isn’t taking this lightly.

Mike Kane, his union representative, was my chief when I worked in center city. They don’t come any better. This entire incident illustrates what is important to our current command structure. In light of recent events, no one should be surprised. There is no story here. It is just some video of a slow day at the station with the fellas trying to keep morale up, not an easy task. Certainly not anything that could be deemed a violation of any rules. Unbelievable.



  1. mikemadden59 says:

    You could link to the retired guy who had much to say about it. Would that be okay?

  2. Kenneth E. MacAlister Jr. says:

    How do I contact the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner to voice an opinion about this?

  3. Ritt says:

    How is it possible that someone could achieve the rank of Fire Chief without understanding anything about the culture of the fire service?

  4. Bob G. says:

    I may be a bit behind the time, but after FIGHTING FIRES and SAVING LIVES…isn’t the MORALE of the firefighters “job-one”?
    I’m just sayin’…

    Roll safe.

  5. McMedic says:

    I see more off color language on TV and some ethic music that what I seen and heard on this post. He needs to go he has lost his mind to the politics of the left left wing of the party of of ASS’s. nutter better wise up or he will lose more votes come relection. We need to watch street also he will keep la to stay on. The party boss needs to consulted on this civil servant.

    Just my humble opine.

  6. Richard says:

    Wake up America! Come to the aid of this Fire Chief he has done nothing wrong – culture of the fire service what is that?
    This is about humanity, and a really decent, honest, caring human being who is being treated unjustly.
    Help him. He has spent 38 years serving for you.
    Toronto Canada

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